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Breaking Beans Radio Show #22: Cornmeal, Tamworth Swine and Dry Land Fish By Sister Kathy Curtis  In tonight’s show we visit with JR Damron, grist mill owner from EK3 Farm in Virgie, KY. Then Sister Kathy talks with Tim Sanders, who raises heritage pork, beef, chicken and goat varieties at Indian Creek Settlement Farm in Letcher County. Lastly, this episode closes with Neil Hunt, heirloom vegetable and dry land fisherman from Oppossum Fork Mini-farm in Racoon, KY.  These are not your...
Topics: Breaking Beans, Pike County, Letcher County, Farmers
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On CFA's first Breaking Beans Podcast on natural fiber systems, Fellow Sam Hamlin interviews alpaca farmer, Alvina Maynard of  River Hill Ranch , sheep farmer, Kathy Meyer, and fiber mill owner, Ed Crowley who is soon opening  Crowley’s Mill . Pictures courtesy of Hope Hart,  Appalachian Transition Fellow  with  Appalshop .   This show is a new Breaking Beans feature that focuses on the fiber industry and was recorded and edited by Fellow Sam Hamlin, airing for the first time on the the...
Topics: Breaking Beans, Madison County, Bourbon County, Woodford County, Fiber Farmers
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Interview with Alvina Maynard, Alpaca Farmer our of Richmond Kentucky. Join in and hear her thoughts on Alpaca, Fiber Farming, and the Emerging Slow Fashion Movement. Hosted by Appalachian Transition Fellow, Sam Hamlin
Topics: Fiber Farmers, Women Farmers, Alpaca, Slow Fashion
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"The Business of Farming", Sister Kathy talks to Myrisa Christy, Program Manager at  KY Center for Ag & Rural Development  (KCARD). Myrisa shares her memories of growing up on a tobacco farm, her dream of helping farmers transition after the tobacco buy out and about the upcoming Eas tern Kentucky Farmer Conference. Then Sister Kathy chats with Joyce Pinson, farmer from  Friends Drift Inn Farm Produce  in Pikeville. Joyce shares about the flood her farm was hit with last...
Topics: Oldham County, Pike County, Hardin County
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We’re excited to announce that we’re launching a new storytelling project dedicated explicitly to natural fiber! On Woven Roots: The Appalachian Fiber Story Project, we will tell the story of how Kentucky farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs are building strong regional economies around natural fiber.   Kentuckians have a rich history of growing plant and animal fibers to make the most basic of human necessities, such as clothes, shoes, and rope, to spinning fiber to weave together...
Topics: Fiber Farmers, Woven Roots, Bath County
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Robin and Paul now operate Hill and Hollow Farm , which has found its primary success as a certified organic vegetable farm, operated through a CSA model. Each season, about fifty families sign up for CSA shares, which Robin delivers weekly to the farmers’ market in Nashville.
Topic: Woven Roots
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Sister Kathy Curtis travel to Whitley County to talk with two local food heroes: Anne Bays and Paul Dengel.  Anne, of Moonlight Farms LLC, raises grass fed beef and natural pork. She and her family recently opened Moonlight Meat Processing which is a certified organic meat processing facility located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  Paul, of Good Thymes Farm, recently left his job at Extension to be a full time farmer and stay at home dad. His family raises certified organic vegetables including...
Topics: Whitley County, Farms, Farmers, Local
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In this special final episode of Woven Roots, Appalachian Transition Fellow, Sam Hamlin, joins Candace Mullins and Micah Wiles for their first Fiber Day on Cedar Creek Farm in Somerset Kentucky. Nestled in the hills of Pulaski County, Cedar Creek Farm is operated by Micah Wiles and his family. It is home to a multitude of agricultural endeavors, including: raising heritage breed Dexter cattle for grass-fed beef, operating a vineyard and winery, and caring for vegetable gardens and fruit and nut...
Topics: Fiber Farmers, Women Farmers, Pulaski County, Flax, Weaving
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Woven Roots Podcast Episode #4-- Farm to Fashion: Lan Mark Farm and Feltloom by Sam Hamlin  In this episode, App Fellow Sam Hamlin travels to central Kentucky to hear from farmer, mill owner, and fiber innovator, Lanette Freitag of Lan Mark Farm and Feltloom . We’ll hear about how one Kentucky farming family created a needle felting machine that has made a big impact on small-scale fiber production around the globe.   In the Central Kentucky, just outside of Sharpsburg, Lanette Freitag and...
Topics: Woven Roots, Bath County, Fiber
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As you will hear in tonight’s show, history is important to us here in the mountains. We start off with Wayne Riley, Director of the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, a museum in London Kentucky featuring the history of African American communities in and around Laurel County. Wayne, who is also a Community Farm Alliance board member, came back to Laurel County to help keep the church he grew up in from being condemned by the city. Hear him tell about what happened next. Faye...
Topics: Laurel County, Leslie County, Farmers
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Woven Roots Fiber Podcast #5: Industrial Hemp by Sam Hamlin Over the last few years there has been a huge buzz about the potential for the revival of industrial hemp, which is one of Kentucky’s oldest crops. According to the  Kentucky Department of Agriculture , industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. However, hemp is genetically different from marijuana and distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. Industrial hemp refers to cannabis...
Topics: Harlan County, Fayette County, Fiber Farmers, Woven Roots
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Nestled in the rolling hills of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, the town of Carlisle is home to around 7,000 people. Carlisle used to be home of two manufacturing plants for Jockey International , a textile manufacturer and distributor of underwear and sleepwear for men, women, and children. In 2000, Jockey closed up its sewing plant in Carlisle, laying off 326 people. Four years later Jockey moved its operations to Mexico and closed its Carlisle knitting plant , as well as the nearby Maysville...
Topic: Nicholas County
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Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis This month, Sister Kathy visits Seth and Sheryl Long at Southdown Farm in Letcher County and learns about Kentucky maple syrup. And she talks with Appalachian Transition Fellow, Abby Huggins, about her work on the Appalachian Food and Dance Trail for Hindman Settlement School. Sister Kathy wraps up this show with Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes , the James Beard award winner for Book of the Year, about her work with the...
Topics: Author, Ronni Lundy, Letcher County, Knott County, Appalachian Food
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Happy New Year and welcome to our 24 th episode of the Breaking Beans Radio Show. In this episode, Sister Kathy revisits some of the folks that she has met in the last two years. You’ll hear everything from plowing with a mule to growing food on reclaimed mine sites to programs that are teaching folks to cook again. Plus, Sister Kathy’s new favorite part of the interview, the last words.
Topic: Breaking Beans
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In a growing city like Lexington, KY, where property costs are high and development is restricted by the urban service boundary, aspiring farmers are pushed to get creative with social capital and unconventional spaces within that boundary. In our latest episode of Breaking Beans, we hear from two farming couples that are doing just that.  The land around Lexington pulled Dani and Stefan, of Red Maude Garden, from Campagne, IL when they were scouting areas to start their farm. Enticed by other...
Topics: Lexington, Farmers, Urban Farming, Family Farming
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Sister Kathy Curtis, discusses sustainability with guests Debbie, Jeff and Micah Wiles, from Cedar Creek Farm . Catherine Brock from Leslie County talks about plowing with a mule. Also, hear from CFA's staff Maggie Smith and Sam Hamlin. Lastly, enjoy a new feature, “Meet the Farmer" featuring Grow Appalachia ’s, Mark Walden. This show originally aired on WMMT 88.7 . Breaking Beans Radio Show airs the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis. Breaking Beans:...
Topics: Breaking Beans, Letcher County KY, Pulaski County KY, Sustainability, Farmer
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This month’s show features the social aspect of food and farming. First, host Sister Kathy Curtis goes to Clay County to visit at Old Homeplace Farm ’s open house.  She talked with hosts Maggie and Will Bowling about why they decided to host an open house at their farm. Then she ventured to Big Switch Farm, where Joe Schroeder and Lora Smith shared with her about their Lost Fiddler mobile pizza oven. Then Cindy and Randy Shepherd from Meadow Branch Farm tell her all about why Eastern...
Topics: Old Homeplace Farm, Clay County, Big Switch Farm, Jackson County, Meadow Branch Farm, KY Hunger...
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Host Sister Kathy is joined by Kristen Smith from the Wrigley Taproom, Matt Corbin from The Blue Raven and a few Pikeville Farmers Market Vendors to talk about "Cooking Up Local Food". This show originally aired on WMMT 88.7 . Breaking Beans Radio Show airs the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis. Breaking Beans: Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in Eastern...
Topics: Pike County, Breaking Beans, Corbin
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Farmers Markets all over the state will be starting back up in the next couple months. Lexington’s downtown farmers market is open year round outdoors, and that’s where folks can find CFA’s Kentucky Double Dollar’s Coordinator, Brittany Steffy most Saturdays during peak season. People like Brittany helped Holden Dillman utilize the Kentucky Double Dollars (KDD) program while he was a student at Berea College, which gave him the capability to double the first $10 of his SNAP benefits...
Topics: Allen County, Fayette County, Letcher County, Farmers, Food Access, SNAP, WIC, Farmers Markets,...
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The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 was passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 260 to 165 on December 11th, 2019. The bill will now move to the Senate as it continues through the legislative process in Congress. This bipartisan bill aims to make some changes to the H2A program and aid undocumented farmworkers in the United States.  According to the Kentucky Career Center, over 763 Kentucky farmers are utilizing the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program bringing...
Topics: Oldham County, Whitley County, Jefferson County, H2A Workers, Migrant Workers, Farms
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A special Mother's Day edition featuring CFA Board Member, Jenny Williams and "Meet the Farmer" segment showcases Lori Gearheart of Gearheart Mountain Farm .  Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis   This show originally aired on WMMT 88.7 . Breaking Beans Radio Show airs the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis. Breaking Beans: Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in...
Topics: Breaking Beans, Perry County, Floyd County
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Sister Kathy is joined by Emily Whittaker from Perry County where among other things she manages the farmers' market and roasts her own brand of coffee, Windy Hills . Other guests include David Cooke, Executive Director of Grow Appalachia and Joyce Pinson, from the Pikeville Farmers Market.  This show originally aired on WMMT 88.7 . Breaking Beans Radio Show airs the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis. Breaking Beans: Appalachian Food Story Project is an...
Topics: Perry County KY, Grow Appalachia, Pike County KY
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In this episode Sister Kathy Curtis visits the Perry County KY Farmer's Market to talk with Brandon Stidham, Perry County High School Senior and Local Farmer. Then she headed over to London, to chat with Wayne Riley, the Executive Director of the Laurel County Afr ican American Heritage Center Inc. , about their urban farm and community commercial kitchen. And last, but not least, this episode features Jason Brashear, Hindman Settlement School ’s new Foodways Director. This show originally...
Topics: Hindman Settlement School, Perry County, Knott County, Laurel County, Farmers Market, Foodways
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Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis  On this episode of Breaking Beans Radio Show you will hear from Peggy Conway of Holliday Farms which is a Perry County family farm with an educational slant. She is accompanied by Jon Reinford of Appalachian Meats in Floyd County who shares his thoughts on locally sourced meat products. Lastly, y'all will hear from Knott County's UK Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Chad Conway, who talks a bout cattle production on reclaimed mine sites. This show...
Topics: Holliday Farms, Farmers, Appalachian Meats, Extension
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“Are you what you eat?” Listen and explore health in East Kentucky through interviews from CFA staff member and Letcher countian Valerie Horn and Floyd County Health Department director and staff Thursa Sloan Bonnie Hale, and Christina Tincher.   This show originally aired on WMMT 88.7 . Breaking Beans Radio Show airs the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Hosted by Sister Kathy Curtis. Breaking Beans: Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell...
Topics: Floyd County KY, Breaking Beans, Letcher County KY, Health